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in washington. >>> there are new questions this morning about the fbi agent who first took that initial complaint from jill kelly. we have learned the agent was barred from taking part in the case over the summer due to concerns he had become personally involved. he reached out to a member of congress when he thought the e-mail investigation was not moving quickly enough. >> could this get any messier? wow. >> thinking, yes. >>> defense secretary leon panetta made his comments about petraeus' decision to resign as the nation's top spot. according to panetta -- i think he took the right step and i think it's important when you're director of the cia with all the challenges that face youen that position that personal integrity comes first and foremost. >>> yeah, secretary of defense, leon panetta and the president agreed, general john allen was up for a promotion. going to become the united states european command and supreme allied commander. that nomination is going to be delayed again. general john allen denies any wrongdoing with jill kelly, the e-mails, 20,000 to 30,000 dating back t
. >>> and as the widening scandal spreads to general allen, fbi agents swoop down on the home of the biographer who had the affair with petraeus. >>> and wanted man. police on the hunt for software pioneer, john mcafee. >>> and brace for landing. the jet that ran out of runway and careened straight toward a busy highway. a camera capturing this very close call. >>> good tuesday morning. we have a lot to sort through. a new bombshell in the growing scandal surrounding david petraeus, the man who replaced him as the top commander in afghanistan is now under investigation by the pentagon. >> general john allen is said to have sent thousands of inappropriate e-mails to jill kelly. she is the florida woman whose complaints to the fbi eventually led to petraeus' resignation. in a new twist to the david petraeus sex scandal, the pentagon says that the top commander in afghanistan, general john allen, is under investigation, for sending allegedly improper e-mails to jill kelly. kelly is the florida woman who triggered the investigation and ultimately forced petraeus to resign. the pentagon is reviewing between
news tonight,s the fbi discovered hundreds, if not thousands, of e-mails between david petraeus and paula broadwell on her computer, an affair that petraeus is claiming did not begin until he left the army. a friend close to petraeus says the general was "shocked and surprised" to learn broadwell had been sending anonymous threatening e-mails to jill kelley, the petraeus family friend who was so alarmed by the e-mails, she called the fbi. those friends also tell us the general's wife, holly petraeus, is furious with her husband. you see her here at his confirmation hearings back in august of 2011, broadwell sitting just a few seats away. petraeus insists they weren't having an affair then, which leads us to the first big question -- when did the affair begin? petraeus' friends claim it started around november 2011, two months after he took over the cia, an important point, since he could be tried under military law for adultery. >> it didn't begin when he was in the army. >> reporter: but many who know the general suspect it began months earlier in afghanistan. it was september
,000 to 30,000 pages of e-mails, to jill kelly. >> the fbi agent you just mentioned has been removed from the case, for sending revealing pictures of himself to that whistleblower. the scandal is growing. and it's resolving around the actions of paula broadwell. one day, more stories leaking out. we'll try to clear it all up for you. >> continues to mushroom. martha raddatz starts out our full coverage from washington. she's been reporting on both generals for a decade. martha, this was stunning news after midnight. >> reporter: it's true. the scandal is more stunning every day. now, under investigation, the commander who replaced david petraeus in afghanistan, marine corps general john allen, who has apparently been exchanging e-mails with the woman at the center of the petraeus affair. this morning, the fbi probe into david petraeus' affair appears to have also ensnared his successor in afghanistan. the pentagon has now launched an investigation into, quote, potentially inappropriate e-mails between general allen and jill kelly, the petraeus family friend at the center of this increasin
, harassing e-mail. she was so concerned, she contacted the fbi who according to our sources traced it back to paula broadwell. as the fbi continued to investigate, they discovered e-mails pointing to a romantic u sexual relationship between the two. early concerns about the e-mails being hacked. but the evidence never turned up to be compromise to intelligence. >> what more do they have to investigate now and why wasn't the white house told until this week? >> the fbi investigation is largely done and the early evidence there will not be criminal charges. this deinvolved into a personal matter. petraeus had been confronted in the last couple of weeks, as for the timing of disclosure, one official siaid that's how it turned out. >>> all right, pierre. let's turn to saxby chambliss and patty murray. thank you for joining us. senator chambliss, when did you first find out about this investigation of general petraeus and what were you told? >> well, i was not told about it until friday. you know, the intelligence community became aware of it on tuesday. actually, late afternoon on tuesday. and
. not just one, but two powerful men are enangtangled in all thi. the fbi and cia are expected to brief lawmakers on exactly what they know about the petraeus scandal today. as the search for answers continues, for the first time since news broke of her affair with general david petraeus, we see the woman at the center of it all, paula broadwell, eating and drinking behind the closed doors of her brother's home in washington, d.c. this, as the scandal appears to widen and the spotlight shines on the top commander in afghanistan, general john allen. >> the president thinks very highly of general allen and the service to his country. as well as the job he's done in afghanistan. >> reporter: a show of support at the white house. even as allen's nomination to be nato's commander. they are calling 20,000 to 30,000 e-mails. kelly is the woman who sparked the investigation into petraeus and broadwell. general allen said he did nothing wrong. >> i believe john allen until somebody proves otherwise. i believe he did nothing appropriate. >> reporter: while those involved in this case has been qui
friendly relationships with top military brass. the fbi traced those e-mails back to paula broadwell's computer, where they discovered the evidence of broadwell's affair with david petraeus. but it doesn't stop there. abc news has learned that general allen also received an anonymous e-mail traced to paula broadwell, painting jill kelley as a seductress. a further look by the fbi into kelley's e-mails revealed hundreds between kelley and allen, 20,000 to 30,000 pages of communications in all. but a source familiar with the e-mails say they contain no evidence of a sexual relationship, something allen strongly denied. instead, the e-mails are described as friendly, perhaps flirty, but routine, mostly about meetings with ambassadors and dinner parties. in one note kelley tells the general she saw him on tv. he responds, "thanks, dear, you're a sweetheart." many e-mails were from kelley to general allen's wife. the two couples were good friends. >> until someone proves otherwise, i believe that he did nothing inappropriate. >> reporter: today the white house says the president obama sti
number of e-mails allen exchanged with jill kelly, who sparked the fbi investigation into broadwell and petraeus, show no evidence of any sexual relations. but are friendly and, perhaps, a bit flirtatious. in one note, kelly telling allen, she saw him on tv. he responds, thanks, dear. you're a sweetheart. meanwhile, david petraeus' sudden departure as cia director, has created lots of questions on capitol hill. especially that looming issue, the attack in benghazi, on a cia facility there. some senators still want to question petraeus about what went wrong. >> i know that we're interested in hearing from him. probably in front of the intelligence committee, which i also sit on. >> reporter: it is possible that petraeus could eventually testify, george. but that will definitely not happen this week. >> congress ramping up the questions, even as the fbi continues to investigate possible crimes. and abc senior justice correspondent, pierre thomas, has exclusive details on that. good morning, pierre. >> reporter: good morning, george. abc news has learned that paula broadwell, who alleg
-mails. what did she send out? >> enough to scare someone to call the fbi. >> right. >> okay. >> so that is i think, that will eventually. >> the bunny was next. >> that poor bunny. >> to think she may have had access to sensitive information. >> that's what makes it a news story. national security has become an issue. lots of questions. congress. >> during war time. >> yeah, yeah. crazy. now turn to images that are just incredible. in indianapolis, investigators say they have ruled out either a bomb or a meth lab as the cause of a big, huge, deadly explosion in that neighborhood. >> take a look, two people were killed in dozens of homes damaged or destroyed by the thunderous blast saturday night. a loud boom shook their homes, blew out windows and collapsed ceilings. some felt it 3 miles away. >> the windows and frames, everything came in through the house. and my wife started screaming. i didn't know what was going on. i thought some one was breaking in the house because, the alarm was going off the i just grabbed my gun started running around the house. i saw our front door was open. and t
threaten sheg went to the 00 fbi. new details of the high-profile mistress at the center of the case. >>> caught on tape. the deadly blast rips through home, people scrambling to escape. investigators racing to figure out what caused the explosion before it happens again. >>> water world. unbelievable new pictures of the entire city of venice under water. tourists and residents battling high seas almost waist high. the most famous landmark impacted right now. >> crews are in it! >> road rage, a massive fight breaks out at the races after a battle on the track. watch this, nascar legend jeff gordon deliberately rams right into a k3e9er. the drivers running after each other, breaking into a fist fight. >>> and good morning on this veterans day. robin is recover, of course, her father, one of the many veterans who served this country for so long. welcome back. >> thank you very much. >>> late friday, cia director david petraeus forced to resign after the fbi discovered his affair with paula broadwell. lots of questions of what the fbi did with the information. >>> and we have a major me
that decimated an entire neighborhood. >>> uncovered. a flood of new details this morning about how the fbi discovered the extramarital affair that brought down america's top spy as we learn more about the highly-accomplished woman at the center of this scandal. an exclusive interview with a wounded warrior who she helped. >>> black thursday backlash. holiday shopping season is starting earlier than ever with many stores opening their doors on thanksgiving offering better bargains. but now, some employees are fighting back. ♪ >>> and boyfriend no more. the headline gripping tween girls worldwide. the biebs is single. we have new pictures of a crestfallen ex-girlfriend selena gomez. a look at how other young couples have done after a breakup in the spotlight. ♪ >>> good morning, everybody. >> we warned you yesterday that this breakup was happening. now it's official. >> we're all absorbing the news. >> ron? >> ron, particularly. >> it's rough. >> rough. >>> we should say, we do have some holiday shopping news. not only as we mentioned before, not only is the holiday season starting early
commander in europe is on hold. an official told abc news, the fbi uncovered hundred if not thousand of e-mails between david petraeus and his biograph biographer, paula broadwell. many of them salacious in nature. earlier this summer, jill kelley received anonymous threat tenning e-mails the fbi traced to broadwell's computer. there they discovered evidence of her affair with petraeus. general allen received one e-mail traced to broadwell that claimed jill kelley was a seductress. the president was sur pried when he heard of the petraeus s situation last week. rob, paula, back to you. >> all right, thank you, kiren. >>> we are learning much more about the tampa socialite at the center of this scandal. jill kelley has a special license plate, designating her as an honorary consul. title given by korean embassy. but is carries no official responsibilities. nor does it grant any immunities or even pay a sty penned. though she has not been accused of any wrongdoing just yet. kelley hired a,000 top criminal defense attorney and signed on with a publicist. the same one hired by, yeah, wait for
chose to resign now. officials tell abc news, the fbi was investigates petraeus' biographer, paula broadwell, for strange activity on the internet and then some e-mails were discovered in the course of that investigation that raised concern. diane? >> martha raddatz reporting in. and now we go to abc's white house correspondent jake tapper here to tell us what the white house is saying tonight. jake? >> reporter: well, diane, senior white house officials tell us the overwhelming emotion here is surprise and, of course, sorrow, for a colleague and his family. white house officials were told about this on wednesday, the day after president obama was re-elected. they were told by the director of national intelligence, james clapper. on thursday, president obama was informed about this situation. the entire situation, the fbi investigation, as well as the affair. general petraeus called the national security adviser, said he wanted to talk to the president. at that meeting yesterday, he offered to resign. president obama thought about it and today called petraeus and accepted that resi
right, martha raddatz, thank you. >>> now, to the timeline, when this fbi investigation began, and new questions tonight about why the white house and congress did not hear of it until much later. here's abc's senior justice correspondent pierre thomas tonight. >> reporter: sources tell abc news jill kelly considered those e-mails a threat not only to herself, but petraeus. after the fbi was contacted, and an investigation uncovered a sordid affair between petraeus and broadwell, there were early concerns that the cia director's security government e-mails could have been hacked. but the probe never turned up evidence of national security being compromised. what it did find was lots of human drama. key members of congress want to know why didn't they weren't told. >> we with received no advance notice. it was like a lightning bolt. consider top intelligence officials were not told until election day. the president was told the dale after. >> the president should have been told about it at the earliest date. >> reporter: >> the official complaint was harassment. it could have gone to e-
holder is also under fire. having to answer questions as to why the fbi waited so long to,0to tell president obama the affair was being uncovered. >> we made the determination as we were going through the matter that was not a threat to national security. >> reporter: petraeus will first testify in front of the house this morning at 7:30 a.m. eastern time. he will then be quickly ushered to the senate side for his second testimony of the day. rob, paula. >> all right, sundland, thank you. an interesting report came out yesterday, too. that petraeus report lead through a source said that he knew almost immediately that this was a terror attack, not something in relation to that an i islam film obviously would be contradicting what we heard from white house officials and ambassador susan rice. it should be very interesting tomorrow what kind of time line he lays out. and when those assessments came in that this really was a terror attack. there were 20 reports said look related to the movie. look, we quickly proved those false. and we thought it was a terror attack. so it is -- take
and jill kelly. if that name sounds familiar it should. she is the tampa woman who told the fbi she received anonymous harassing emails, the emails came from paula broadwell. petraeus resigned as director on friday. the pentagon found tens of thousands of emails and other documents exchanged between allen and kelly. allen was on track to become the supreme allied commander of nay to. the nomination is on hold. allen will remain as the leader of the u.s. troops in afghanistan. there is a hearing set for thursday to possibly replace him. >>> congress returns to washington today after the election recess, the cia scandal isn't all they have to focus on. the pressing issue is figuring out how to keep american from going off the fiscal cliff. if it isn't resolved taxes will increase and a huge federal spending cut across the board. president obama plans to meet with leader as at the white house this week. >>> president obama and vice president joe biden are taking america's economic woes seriously. today the two will be meeting with leaders from the labor community to discuss the deficit
with military brass in tampa. she called the fbi, which traced those e-mails back to the computer of paula broadwell, where they discovered the evidence of broadwell's affair with petraeus. broadwell seen at her brother's home in washington sipping wine and having dinner has the admitted her affair with petraeus but has not commented on e-mails she allegedly sent to the other woman, jill kelly. there is more, abc news learned that general allen received an anonymous e-mail traced to broadwell, claiming jill kelly was a seductress. a further look, 20,000,0 to 30,0 pages of communication. secretary of defense leon panetta put general allen's promotion to supreme commander on hold and ordered an investigation. >> to date secretary directed the matter -- >> reporter: jill kelly spent the day at her home in tampa not answering questions. in the background, a tell vgs could be seen with coverage of the peyton place like military scandal that focus add tension on who she is and how she ended up in the middle of it all. the license plate on kelly's mercedes-benz, shows she is honorary counsel for
inappropriate emails. those emails were with jill kelley, the petraeus family friend who tipped off the fbi about emails she was receiving which was traced back to paula broadwell. broadwell is the woman accused of having an affair with petraeus. allen said he did nothing wrong but his nomination as the next allied command are of nato has been put on hold. >> the president thinks very highly of general allen and his service to his country as well as the job he's done in afghanistan. at the request of the secretary of defense, the president has put on hold the position. >> with respect to the initial investigation into petraeus affair, faith -- failed federal -- federal agents spent last night investigating broadwell home. >>> how about expanding your home for a pet in need. we have more on how an anonymous donor is helping a pet find a home in time for thanksgiving. >> reporter: many people don't think of coming to animal cell janeses -- control agencies when they're looking to adopt. >> reporter: an anonymous donor in anne arundel county has said it would pay for all the adoption fees from
up that the fbi would carry on this type of investigation without bringing it to the president or the highest levels of the white house. >> the choice of paula broadwell to write petraeus' biography did raise a new eyebrows, considering she had never written a book before. we'll have much more coming up on "good morning america." >>> there are now just 50 days until the new year. 50 crucial days for congress to figure out a way to keep the country from going over that so-called fiscal cliff and possibly plunging back into recession. with tax increases and spending cuts set to kick in january 1st, the stage is set for some serious washington drama. here's abc's david kerley. >> reporter: across the dials, the parties sounded like they could make a basis. >> i think there's a basis for the deal. >> i absolutely believe there is. >> we need to put politics aside. the election is over. >> reporter: it's the same tone we heard from major players. >> i'm open pro compho comproe myself. >> reporter: speaker boehner said they would have to avoid nasty fights and according to "the new y
was going to get away with it. it seems to me. he agoage noed to to the fbi the affair and went on a six-nation tour to the region, went to libya, looked at his own benghazi investigation. he didn't decide to resign until james clapper asked him to resign. >> until it became public. the fbi calls you and says, we know this, you know this, no one else knows this, you're operating on one -- >> congressman becerra, get in the middle between those guys. >> there was a personal failing, a deep severe personal failing. does it break into the realm of the public world, the responsibilities that -- >> what about judgment? what about judgment. >> well, that's surely the point. >> isn't this the bottom line here. >> the american people are not moralous about this. they never gave up their affection for and job approval of bill clinton. this is a question of you want your cia director to have good judgment, is that asking too much? and this was obviously a case of bad judgment. there's a -- i would hope, by the way -- >> should it just be the cia director or anybody? where do you draw the line? >>
news. >> sherree, stay on top of that for us this morning. >>> in other news now, the fbi and the cia are expected to brief lawmakers on exactly what they know about the petraeus sex scandal. the scandal has widen the spotlight now and shines on a top u.s. military commander in afghanistan, general john allen. officials uncovered thousands of what they're calling potentially inappropriate e- mails between general allen and tampa socialite jill kelley. kelley is the woman who sparked the investigation into petraeus and paula broadwell. she called 911 yesterday to complain about reporters who had gathered outside her home. >> i'm an honoree council general, so i have involability. so they should not be able to cross my property. i don't know if you want to get diplomatic protection involved as well. but now they cross my property [ [ indiscernable ] >> kelley has done volunteer work with the military, but she is not a paid employee. >>> the deadline to pull u.s. troops out of afghanistan is set to end in 2014, but not every troop will be coming home. defense secretary leon panetta says
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